The New Year was marked by several TV stations with their traditional broadcasts from the ball drop in New York City’s Times Square.
One of the most-watched shows is CNN, which this year was again hosted by Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper. The broadcast prompted plenty of comments on social media. One particular point of contention had nothing to do with its hosts.
Just as the ball dropped to signal the arrival of 2024, shots were shown of the crowd cheering and exchanging kisses. The first to be shown smooching were a same-sex male couple.
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Needless to say, some viewers were outraged.
I’m watching @CNN for the NYC ball drop. First couple kissing was 2 dudes. Second couple kissing was a black dude and white chick. Lord Hear Our Prayers. 🙏— Corky Swift (@CorkySwift2) January 1, 2024
@CNN, supposedly a news outlet, propagandizing by showing a gay male couple making out as their first couples kissing after the ball drops. You know they pulled them out of the crowd hours prior and put them in their VIP section and had cameras set up for the their pre-planned…— America First Warrior! (@SapperWarrior) January 1, 2024
Thankfully, many more loved the moment.
Our entire party SCREAMED pic.twitter.com/cmO4VcttTm— Ryan Aguirre (@aguirreryan) January 1, 2024
cameraman said gay rights!— Lucas (@lucasmorenx) January 1, 2024
My entire party was like “ooohhh.” 😂 The kiss felt ‘round the gay world.— 𝐍𝐚𝐝𝐬𝐁⛓️ (@itsnadsBB) January 1, 2024
Others wondered about the relationship between the individuals in question.
What if they only met tonight and ghost each other tomorrow 😭— Priyant 👨🏾🚀 (@Priyant1987) January 1, 2024
Anderson Cooper’s giggles
The CNN broadcast was widely praised online. Another clip that went viral featured Cohen and Cooper chatting with musician John Mayer, live in a “cat café” in Tokyo. Cooper couldn’t resist finding the scenario amusing and his giggles proved infectious online.
His “All of Us Strangers” co-star Andrew Scott confirmed on the red carpet that Mescal’s talents go far beyond acting.
And they were…roommates?
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